Saturday, May 1, 2010

Photo kit for sale

I'm selling a big bunch of Nikon and Voigtlander photographic gear. All of it is used, some of it more than others. Heres a quick list of the items for sale

Voigtlander Bessa T 35mm Film Rangefinder Camera SOLD
Voigtlander 12mm f5.6 inc viewfinder SOLD
Voigtlander 15mm f4.5 inc viewfinder SOLD
Voigtlander 21mm f4 inc viewfinder SOLD
Nikon 17-35mm AFS f 2.8D SOLD
Nikon 35-70mm f2.8D SOLD
Nikon Nikkor 28-80mm f3.5-5.6D
Nikon Coolpix 8400 digital camera SOLD

Below are detailed descriptions of the items plus plenty of pics (click on them for high res versions to check condition of the items). All the items have a guide price that doesn't include postage (you pay) but I will take offers. Particularly if you are buying more than one item. If you are unsatisfied with the item I will refund your money (excluding any postage costs) if you return it to me (and it isn't damaged) within 10 days.

All enquiries to

Voigtlander Bessa T camera Offers around £100
£200 new (although I think no longer made?) £120 used

Completely manual 35mm film rangefinder camera. If you think that Leica's cost several thousand pounds then this camera is a bargain entry into the Rangefinder world. The Voigtlander set up with the wide angle lenses offered for sale below is still my favourite camera, better in many ways than the Nikon SLRs I use now. Reason for sale is that I now shoot entirely digital.

Condition: Good, minor wear on main body, scratches on flash shoe on top plate and circular wear marks under wind on lever. Comes with front body cap.

Voigtlander Bessa T Camera

Voigtlander 12mm f5.6 lens inc viewfinder offers around £250
£710 new £400-500 used (prices
A truly gob smacking lens. 12mm has to be seen to be believed. Includes viewfinder, front and rear lens caps.

Condition: Good, Clear optics, black paint finish is beginning to wear off exposing brass underneath on body and rings. Blob of superglue on front of lens cap from my "bungy cord safety strap".
Voigtlander 12mmVoigtlander 15mm f4.5 lens inc viewfinder Offers around £150
£410 new £270-300 used (prices
Something of a legendary lens, amongst the very best I've ever used. Includes viewfinder, rear cap but NOT front lens cap.
Condition: Good, wear on body but smooth movements and clean optics.
Voigtlander 15mm
Voigtlander 21mm f4 lens inc viewfinder Offers around £150
£370 new £250 used (prices
Another beautiful lens. Includes viewfinder and front and rear caps.
Condition: Good, wear on body but smooth movements and clear optics.
Voigtlander 21mm and viewfinderNikon 17-35mm AF-S f2.8D lens Offers around £400
£1500 new £700-900 used

A legendary lens, every Nikon Pro has one. “The 17-35mm is a spectacular lens which outperforms all of Nikon's previous fixed wide angles”. Constant f2.8 aperture, AFS super fast focussing, largely metal body – bombproof. Reason for sale is that I now have to 14-24mm lens and feel like I’m doubling up.

Condition; Good, clean optics, wear on body of lens, scrapes around front filter ring. Lens hood is cracked and a bit battered, includes front (Cosina make – sorry!) and rear lens caps. Review and spec 17-35mm f2.8
Nikon 35-70mm f2.8D lens Offers around £75
No longer available new but I think it was about £500, around £300 used

Professional quality autofocus push-pull style mid range zoom. Constant f2.8 aperture, macro focussing at 35mm. Very robustly built. Superb lens used for a lot of my best shots. Reason for sale scratches on front element which whilst not affecting the vast majority of shots (see examples below) does create flare when shooting into the sun. Hence the ridiculously low asking price.

Condition: Scratches on front element, some marks and wear on lens body.
Includes front and rear lens caps.Review and spec
Nikon 35-70mm f2.8Shot to show lack of distortion or marks created by front element scratch, detail below. Detail of above shot (no sharpening)
Whilst not directly into sun, this shot was pointing in that direction, again no distortion.
Nikon Nikkor 28-80mm f3.5-5.6D lens Offers around £30
No longer available but around £60-70 used
Lightweight and compact autofocus mid range zoom famous for the quality of its performance compared with many cheap zooms. To quote Ken Rockwell “…this is the best example I've seen of a lens that stupider people will dismiss without even trying it, whereas in fact it is among the best midrange zooms I've used!”

Very good condition, Nikon front and rear lens caps.Review and spec
Nikon 28-80mm
Nikon Coolpix 8400 digital camera Offers around £120
Including charger, two batteries, lens cap, camera bag and instruction booklet.
24-85mm super wide angle zoom
8 mega-pixels
Shoots in RAW mode
Uses Compact Flash cards.
Many auto modes as well as complete manual control
Macro focussing to 3cm
640x480 30fps video
Swivel out screen – good to avoid sun-glare and for self portraits.
Pop up flash as well as hotshoe

This type of camera used to be called a “prosumer” i.e. halfway between a professional and a consumers model. The wide angle 24-85mm zoom is a big attraction, as is the ability to shoot RAW images. Reason for sale is that I bought it as a backup for my SLR then ended up getting a second SLR, which is now the new backup.

Condition: Excellent, hardly used. Camera Bag is a bit old but I’ve thrown that in anyway.

Only price I can find online is $899 on Amazon, and chatroom’s talking about over $1000! Nikon Coolpix 8400 digital camera